Practice makes Perfect July 30

Hello from team Zaaga’igan,

Today we continued working on our power point presentations for the conference we are attending on Thursday. We initially had the input of about four different mentors and staff members leading up to our practice presentation that was given in the afternoon. We presented to the faculty of Fond du Lac Resource Management which was beneficial because we were able to practice our presentations and receive constructive criticism. Lots of changes need to happen, but I am sure we left slightly more confident about our presentations. 

Practice makes Perfect July 30

Hello from team Zaaga’igan,

Today we continued working on our power point presentations for the conference we are attending on Thursday. We initially had the input of about four different mentors and staff members leading up to our practice presentation that was given in the afternoon. We presented to the faculty of Fond du Lac Resource Management which was beneficial because we were able to practice our presentations and receive constructive criticism. Lots of changes need to happen, but I am sure we left slightly more confident about our presentations. 

Week 8 at CivE: The Rush to Finish has Begun!

As week 8 gets underway, we are all feeling the pressure of finishing up our analysis and experiments. I will be participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research Expo next Thursday in addition to our REU poster presentation.  This week it is time for me to buckle down and interpret my data so I can be ready to print my poster early next week and prepare for the expo!

Despite the work that needs to be done, we took a break yesterday to go on a field trip to Northfield, MN. We visited Carleton College on a private tour led by our very own Jabari Jones. The tour included walking through the arboretum, visiting the Geology Department, and searching for fossils in a shale outcrop. See below for some pictures from our adventure!

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The Cannon River in the Carleton Arboretum

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Jabari shows us trays of minerals in the geology lab.

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Fossils!

-Teri

Field Trip Friday

Lots of food was harmed in the making of this photo.

Lots of food was harmed in the making of this photo.

Friday we were able to visit the Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth. NRRI is working on all sorts of issues ranging from ballast water filtration on ocean going vessels to Taconite and timber production techniques. Dr.Ewan Reavie gave us a tour of the diatom lab at where we witnessed research techniques used by NRRI staff to assess water quality. Public Relations Manager June Kallestad showed us around the Applied Research and Technology Development section of NRRI where research and development of various projects is conducted. After a great lunch at Farley’s Family Restaurant the Team traveled to Leif Erickson Park where Emily ended the field trip by falling in Lake Superior.

Creating Maps-TEAM SPAW-7/27/14

This week Char and I with the help of Loga and Rik, worked towards creating maps of the reservation. The reason we did this was because we are transferring our maps we brought to the interviews to the ones we create on GIS. So far we have created one of our maps, we still have another one to transfer. This next week will prove to busy for TEAM SPAW as we work towards finishing our papers, starting our posters, and analyzing our results.